Servicing - Brakes
When we talk of brakes our technicians regard your safety as their main priorty. It is absolutely vital to have the braking system regularly checked as failure can cause partial or total loss of braking. At Cardoc, we only fit brakes made to original equipment standards guaranteeing you the highest levels of safety.
What Do Brake Pads Do?
Just stop and think for a minute ... what other product do you know that is no bigger than the size of your hand, and that's required to come in contact with a metal disc spinning at 2000 rpm, cope with a rise in temperature of around 300°C and stop a vehicle that weighs well over 1000 Kgs, in a matter of metres? Not just once, but also literally thousands of times during its life.
What's So Special About A Brake Disc?
Consider this ... a piece of metal, about the size of a dinner plate, revolving at over 2000 rpm, and frequently subjected to friction creating temperatures of over 300°C; strong enough to stop a vehicle of over 1000 kgs, not just once or twice, but again and again; many thousands of times during it's life (without cracking or shattering). It's a piece of metal your life depends on. That's special.
How Can I Tell If My Brakes Need Replacing?
There are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for when using your brakes. They include a grinding noise when you apply the brakes or a pull to the left or right. The grinding normally means that brake pads are excessively worn and need to be replaced along with the damaged brake discs. A pull to the left or right is normally indicative of a sticking or seized mechanical or hydraulic component.
You may also feel a continuous "pulsating" from the pedal or a "spongy" feeling. This spongy feeling indicates that there is air in the hydraulic system due to a brake fluid leak. The "pulsating" feel is normally associated with a distorted brake disc or drum.
More obviously, you may notice an illuminated brake warning light on the instrument panel or that your handbrake is pulling up higher than it normally does, in modern cars more than 6 to 8 clicks.
For safety's sake, it's important to have your vehicle inspected as quickly as possible when you notice any of the above symptoms. Please call in for a free check.